Cultural Values and Political Economic Contexts of Diabetes Among Low-Income Mexican Americans Academic Article uri icon


  • To explore the political and economic dimensions of diabetes self-management for Mexican American adults.Critical ethnographic analysis of focus group data from caregivers and adults with diabetes.Three themes were identified: diabetes self-management is tied to other mental and bodily states, family and neighborhood environments cause stress and prevent diabetes solutions, and hassles of the health care environment subvert self-management.Cultural constructs about diabetes merge with social-political forces in explaining diabetes.Cultural competence in diabetes care requires attention to the political economy of the disease and advocacy for healthful political and economic change.


publication date

  • October 2009